England tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v England at Galle, Dec 18-22, 2007
18,19,20,21,22 December 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
100.1

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, loosener, sprayed across him and pretty wide, dying too

100.2

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good delivery, up there, Jayawardene drives it down the ground and a determined Harmison at mid-off does very well to cut if off

100.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed down off the back foot to run through for his 21st Test hundred, his sixth against England

Great batting once again from the Sri Lankan captain. That could have been a close run thing again, with Vaas struggling to get through, but the throw this time was wayward

100.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, good defence on the back foot, defended back down

100.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, genuine edge past the slips cordon

100.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, nipped back in, with some testing bounce too, the batsman plays it down off the back foot

End of over 101 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 290/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 2 (5b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 100 (267b 9x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 27-7-65-1
    • RS Bopara 6-1-17-1
101.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a play and a miss, this one a slash outside off

101.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, inside edge this time Chinese cuts back, but safe

101.3

Bopara to Vaas, 2 runs, tucked well off the legs in front of square, Vaas getting right over the ball

101.4

Bopara to Vaas, no run, on off, defended into the covers

101.5

Bopara to Vaas, 3 runs, tries to pull off the back foot, it wasn't even that short but Vaas finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket

101.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cheeky curve away from the right hander, who has a game attempt at a low cut

End of over 102 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 296/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 101 (270b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 7 (8b)
    • RS Bopara 7-1-23-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 27-7-65-1
102.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, outside off, pushed into the covers

102.2

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed down off the back foot

102.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, the 300's hundred brought up off a wide delivery with a down-on-one-knee carve through the gully

102.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the back foot

102.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed across the right hander who shoulders arms as the ball shoots through on a good length and decent height

102.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, down leg, dragged down a touch, tucked off the hips fine and it runs away

End of over 103 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 305/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 109 (275b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 8 (9b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 28-7-74-1
    • RS Bopara 7-1-23-1
103.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, pushed right up there, defended tightly forward at the last second

103.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, across the left hander, the ball keeping deceptively low, Vaas poking over it

103.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, curving in to the left hander, down leg, clipped away in the air, Bopara clearing up following a few bounces

103.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tried to rush off the legs but was through with the shot too quickly

103.5

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed off the back foot

103.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended well again

By the way, the weather's not looking good for tomorrow so even in these early days the match is heading towards a draw, which will suit Sri Lanka just fine. It's Hoggard back into the attack now. Let's see what he's got

End of over 104 (1 run) Sri Lanka 306/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 109 (278b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 9 (12b)
    • SJ Harmison 26-4-61-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 28-7-74-1
104.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, off the back foot, pushed to cover, the power right out of the shot

104.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight bouncer this time, the bowler warning his fellow bowler, Vaas shapes gamely to hook

Love the word gamely

104.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off this time as that's pushed across him

104.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, pushed through again

104.5

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, good sign of intent, Vaas lofting that up and well over extra cover, lifting the wideish one

No lufting though, although I suppose a bit of lefting

104.6

Hoggard to Vaas, 2 runs, swivelled round to midwicket off the back foot

End of over 105 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 312/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 15 (18b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 109 (278b 11x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 24-4-91-0
    • SJ Harmison 26-4-61-3
105.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, angled down leg, the batsman helping it on its way there

105.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, sharp bouncer, but down leg

105.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, turned round off the hips

105.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone down leg

105.5

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the back foot

105.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, played up towards square, but safe

End of over 106 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 315/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 111 (282b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 16 (20b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 27-4-64-3
    • MJ Hoggard 24-4-91-0
106.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended this time

106.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tucked down, safely

106.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended well on the front foot

106.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cut low

106.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to the covers

Here's Harmison

106.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, pushed on to the back foot and defended back down

End of over 107 (1 run) Sri Lanka 316/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 16 (21b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 112 (287b 11x4)
    • MS Panesar 18-2-42-0
    • SJ Harmison 27-4-64-3
107.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a quick single this time

107.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, worked in front of square

107.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, a sharp delivery rearing like a cobra but Vaas negates the venom with a fist down

Here comes Tommy Simsek, Sri Lanka's sprinting physio, to apply a bit of spray to Vaas's injured ... and off he sprints back much to the amusement of the crowd

107.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, down leg, and there's nearly a chance of a strangle

107.5

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, outside off, driven nearly all the way, but Bopara pulls it back just in time

107.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, strayed down leg, blatant one-day wide, but this is a Test dot

End of over 108 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 320/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 115 (291b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 17 (23b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 28-4-68-3
    • MS Panesar 18-2-42-0
108.1

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, pitched short and wide, the ball driven out through the covers where Harmison lets the two boys on the boundary return it back in, a nice touch

108.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, better ball, just past the outside edge

108.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, padded up to that one

108.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, spat up out of the rough, Vaas getting defensive glove on it

108.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, left alone just outside off, good judgement

108.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, floated wide outside off, Sidebottom knocked over by fielding that at cover.. not really, he did make a bit of a deal out of it, though, as he tumbled backwards in a sitting position. Did the job, mind

End of over 109 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 324/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 21 (29b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 115 (291b 11x4)
    • MS Panesar 19-2-46-0
    • SJ Harmison 28-4-68-3
109.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tries the shorter delivery, but sends it down the leg channel

109.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended forward

109.3

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, big appeal, dies into a half appeal, that was clearly bending down leg

109.4

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, drives an inside edge outside off back on to the pads

109.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed to cover

109.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed to the covers again, this time gets the run... and the strike

End of over 110 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 327/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 118 (297b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 21 (29b 2x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 25-4-94-0
    • MS Panesar 19-2-46-0
110.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended forward

110.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, poked forward once more, again defensively

110.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven through the covers and returned well

110.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, driven straight to the man at cover

110.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended on the back foot this time

110.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, on leg this time, defended on the front foot

End of over 111 (1 run) Sri Lanka 328/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 21 (32b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 119 (300b 11x4)
    • MS Panesar 20-2-47-0
    • MJ Hoggard 25-4-94-0
111.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, kept low, pushed in front of midwicket

111.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off

111.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, more of the same

111.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

111.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, more defence, solid as you like

111.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, and again, Hoggard keeps probing away, but it's hard work for him

End of over 112 (1 run) Sri Lanka 329/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 21 (37b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 120 (301b 11x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 26-4-95-0
    • MS Panesar 20-2-47-0
112.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on to leg, pushed into short midwicket

112.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stout defence on the front foot

112.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cut down wide through gully

112.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tighter delivery, but still the cut is favoured, finds the fielder again

Over the wicket to the right hander, by the way

112.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside leg, turning back in to him, Jayawardene content to pad it away

112.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, up there again, but Jayawardene traps it down pretty easily

End of over 113 (maiden) Sri Lanka 329/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 120 (307b 11x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 21 (37b 2x4)
    • MS Panesar 21-3-47-0
    • MJ Hoggard 26-4-95-0
113.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defence, which is stout, fat, solid, whatever you like to say

113.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight bouncer, pulled out of an attempted hook

113.3

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, hooked away through wide long leg

113.4

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pulled away, this time to Panesar at wideish longish leggish

113.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight, played down off the back foot in line with off

113.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the front foot this time

So that's drinks in what has, once more, been Sri Lanka's session. To steer you through to the close of day, it's Will.

End of over 114 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 331/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 22 (42b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 121 (308b 11x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 27-4-97-0
    • MS Panesar 21-3-47-0

Greetings all, it's Will here with the keyboard and it's Monty with the ball. Mr Rauf is on his walkie talkie talking to someone - his wife, perhaps, as it's taking a rather long time. And we're ready to go. Monty's over the wicket

114.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a little too short and straight, guided off the back foot to the off side

114.2

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, a blinding stroke from Chaminda. In the words of Tony Greig, he hit it hard and fast through the covers

Hord and forst

114.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended

114.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, Vaas is solid in defence once more to this quicker ball

114.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, a hopeful appeal from Prior, giving it the star-jumping implore behind the stumps

114.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, padded away

End of over 115 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 336/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 26 (47b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 122 (309b 11x4)
    • MS Panesar 22-3-52-0
    • MJ Hoggard 27-4-97-0

Kevin Pietersen (bowling average 159.50) is into the attack. I can hear Boycs chuntering about Swann from here...

115.1

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, big turn but it's too short and Mahela whips it around the corner to bring up the fifty partnership

Around the wicket

115.2

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, this bites off the pitch and he leaves it alone outside off

115.3

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, cracked out into the covers

115.4

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, short of a length and whipped to mid-on off the back foot

115.5

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, solidly forward on the front foot

115.6

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, smothered on the front foot

Andrew Hall reminds me to remind you to remember that we have a feast of fantasy cricket for you. Get to it.

End of over 116 (1 run) Sri Lanka 337/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 26 (52b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 123 (310b 11x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-1-0
    • MS Panesar 22-3-52-0
116.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this turns out of the rough, but Jayawardene plays it expertly - playing it very late and it falls short of first slip

116.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed out to cover for a quick single

116.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, reverse swept down to fine leg, aerially but it's safe enough and well played

116.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, blocked out

116.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again he adjusts late to block this out on leg stump

116.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, more confidently forward this time, smothering it

End of over 117 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 341/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 127 (316b 12x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 26 (52b 3x4)
    • MS Panesar 23-3-56-0
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-1-0
117.1

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forward, blocking

117.2

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forward again, blocking again

117.3

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is back, waiting and angling this shorter ball to slip

117.4

Pietersen to Vaas, 1 run, sweetly driven to long-off

Joe C sends us a merry Christmas from Oxford University. Same to you chaps, too.

117.5

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too straight and it turns down the leg side. Neatly taken by Prior

117.6

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, punched back to Pietersen

End of over 118 (1 run) Sri Lanka 342/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 127 (318b 12x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 27 (56b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-2-0
    • MS Panesar 23-3-56-0
118.1

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, oh dear. It's just far, far too short. Monty's action looks all wrong, here...he's rushing through it. No flight at all

118.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, better this time, and it harries Jayawardene but he's quick enough to defend it at the last moment off the back foot

118.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide of the leg stump and left alone

118.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene just nudges this away off his leg stump

118.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, guided out to the off side

Terrific news. A friend has just told me that Guinness is officially good for you. The health report is from 2003, admittedly, but that suits me just fine

118.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, too short - much too short - and he's lucky to escape with a dot ball as Vaas cracks this with style straight to cover

End of over 119 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 344/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 28 (58b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 128 (322b 12x4)
    • MS Panesar 24-3-58-0
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-2-0
119.1

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, this turns markedly on Jayawardene who nevertheless plays it quite brilliantly, dabbing it down to third man with a deft touch. Remarkable player, really...

Pietersen is going around the wicket to the left-handed Vaas

119.2

Pietersen to Vaas, 2 runs, again - yawn - too short and cracked off the back foot

119.3

Pietersen to Vaas, 1 run, sweetly punched out to the off side for another easy single

Over the wicket

119.4

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, he tries to pad it away but misses and Prior takes it smartly

119.5

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, breaking news: a shot in anger from Jayawardene. Smart shot, too, skipping down the pitch and swinging it over midwicket for four

More of that, please. Please

119.6

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, far too short and ought to have been clattered into the sea, but it's pulled to midwicket for another boring single

End of over 120 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 353/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 134 (326b 13x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 31 (60b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-11-0
    • MS Panesar 24-3-58-0

Bopara replaces Monty

120.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too wide, left alone

120.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too short, pulled around the corner

120.3

Bopara to Vaas, no run, ooh that's well bowled from Bopara, a nice line angling across the left hander. In fairness Vaas probably left it alone by hiding his bat behind the pad, but nevertheless it was really rather exciting

120.4

Bopara to Vaas, no run, left alone for certain this time

120.5

Bopara to Vaas, no run, left alone once more

Around the wicket

120.6

Bopara to Vaas, no run, Vaas is solid in defence to this straighter delivery

End of over 121 (1 run) Sri Lanka 354/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 31 (64b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 135 (328b 13x4)
    • RS Bopara 8-1-24-1
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-11-0
121.1

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, guided out to cover for a quick single

121.2

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, turned down to fine leg

Botham reckons Jayawardene will want to bat the whole day tomorrow. I can't think of any prospect more galling

121.3

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump and Jayawardene blocks it out

121.4

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, blocked out again

121.5

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swinging into Jayawardene this time and it's defended

121.6

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, back-cut down to third man

End of over 122 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 357/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 137 (333b 13x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 32 (65b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 4-1-10-0
    • RS Bopara 8-1-24-1
122.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, wide and Jayawardene rolls his wrists on a cut stroke, the ball f lying down to the vacant third man for four

122.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, squeezed out to cover

122.3

Bopara to Vaas, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

122.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short of a length - England are leaking runs now - and Jayawardene simply turns it around the corner for another four

He's approaching yet another 150

122.5

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nearly! Very nearly from Bopara, finding one to swing away from Jayawardene at the very last minute and, for once, he felt for it. A meek little push

122.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beautiful shot which deserved four, probably, but it cannoned into the non-striker's stumps

End of over 123 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 367/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 146 (338b 15x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 33 (66b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 9-1-34-1
    • PD Collingwood 4-1-10-0

Steve Harmison is stretching his legs

123.1

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, fuller and outside the off stump, clumped on the front foot out to cover

123.2

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, nice and straight - a very good ball which Vaas blocks out

123.3

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, short and he ducks beneath it

123.4

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, blocked off his leg stump for an easy single

123.5

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, smartly flicked off his toes to deep square leg

123.6

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forced to take evasive action here, snapping his neck out of the way

Perhaps "snap" is a little too generous given Collingwood's pace, but you catch my drift. England can't catch a cold, let alone a drift. Bopara's in again

End of over 124 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 369/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 34 (71b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 147 (339b 15x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5-1-12-0
    • RS Bopara 9-1-34-1
124.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, squares him up with a tricky delivery outside off. But Jayawardene is seeing it like a SuperSize Me beachball and angles it out to the off side

124.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cracked to cover

124.3

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

124.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven out to cover who makes a good stop to his right

Bopara is around the wicket to Vaas

124.5

Bopara to Vaas, no run, and he plays and misses - a little too short and he tries to push this to nowhere

124.6

Bopara to Vaas, FOUR, short of a length again and a little wider, Vaas carves it without a care down to third man

End of over 125 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 374/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 38 (73b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 148 (343b 15x4)
    • RS Bopara 10-1-39-1
    • PD Collingwood 5-1-12-0
125.1

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, whipped off his hip to midwicket

It's sunny and bright out there, just to rub yet more salt into England's gaping, self-harming wounds

125.2

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, Collingwood tries a bouncer. Vaas ignores it

125.3

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 wide, even shorter - he almost winged that into his own feet, Collingwood, so short was is it

125.3

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, calmly punched to mid-off

125.4

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, wide of the off stump, Vaas hides his bat behind the pad

125.5

Collingwood to Vaas, 3 runs, forcefully whacked down the ground. No great timing in the stroke and Harmison, who looks absolutely knackered, gives chase

125.6

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, carved to Sidebottom at point who dives forward, collapsing into a good save

End of over 126 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 379/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 149 (345b 15x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 41 (77b 4x4)
    • PD Collingwood 6-1-17-0
    • RS Bopara 10-1-39-1

Talking of whom, it is Sidebottom back into the attack

126.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, pushed out to short cover. Short of him, in fact

126.2

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, well wide of the off stump

126.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, vastly wide of the off stump. Vaas tries to reach it and almost snaps his groin in doing so

126.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, pushed to cover

126.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, sweetly driven to Pietersen at short extra

126.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, edged down to third man

End of over 127 (1 run) Sri Lanka 380/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 42 (83b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 149 (345b 15x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 29-7-75-1
    • PD Collingwood 6-1-17-0

Harmison's back

127.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, down the leg side, Harmison implores Prior to catch it, which he does, but Vaas didn't get an edge on it

127.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, dabbed out to the off side

127.3

Harmison to Vaas, FOUR, cor, that's a ripper of a stroke, pulled with immense power in front of square for four. What a stroke!

We could have a Dickie Bird moment soon. The sun's shining on the media centre and it's really rather bright. If sun stops play, I might just crawl into this keyboard and sob with the irony of it all

Around the wicket to Vaas

127.4

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide of the off stump and a good ball which cuts back into Vaas. He tries to dab it down to third man and misses

127.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, firmly behind it

Record seventh wicket stand now for Sri Lanka against England.

127.6

Harmison to Vaas, no run, "yeah!" is the cry from Prior who shuffles to his right to take this shorter delivery but Vaas was again nowhere near it

End of over 128 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 384/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 46 (89b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 149 (345b 15x4)
    • SJ Harmison 29-4-72-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 29-7-75-1

The umpires are convening for a chat about the light. In bright sunlight. It's as bright as you like yet Harper's got his little meter and is in deep consultation with Rauf, who is now gesturing to someone. Oh I don't know what's going off out there, it's all very village if you ask me. Right, Sidebottom is around the wicket

128.1

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball rising onto Jayawardene's throat who backs off and defends

10 whole overs remain in the day...

128.2

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full, straight and turned to leg

Incidentally according to local weather forecasters, there is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow, which is possibly the most Irish expression I've ever heard in my life

128.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and straight - excellent ball on off stump which is blocked out

Jayawardene's having a word with Harper. I don't know what about, obviously

128.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide enough to be ignored

128.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, solidly cracked to mid-off

128.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the back foot

Close And that, ladies and gents, is stumps on day two with Sri Lanka on 384 for 6. Sri Lanka are in utter control with Jayawardene again thwarting a deflated England with another limpet-like innings, remaining unbeaten on 149. England spilled three chances and, in all honesty, fielded very poorly indeed. They looked a tired, jaded and frustrated bunch for much of the day - none of which is to discredit Sri Lanka who batted solidly, if without the rasping urgency one might like to see. Nevertheless, it is Sri Lanka who lead the series 1-0 and, after two days, they are well on their way to a series victory. Do join us tomorrow but for now, from us both - Will Luke and Jennifer Louise Thompson - it's goodbye.

End of over 129 (maiden) Sri Lanka 384/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 149 (351b 15x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 46 (89b 5x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 30-8-75-1
    • SJ Harmison 29-4-72-3

9.20am Good morning and welcome to coverage of the third day's play from Galle. The weather is set fine and so we will have a prompt start.

The two teams are lined up for a minute's silence for a formal observation for those who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami. That done, we are ready to resume. Hopefully, there will be more entertainment for the neutrals today ...

129.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, short, a snorter which climbed and struck Vaas on the hands as he tried to get out of the way, dropping safely towards the gully

129.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide outside off stump

129.3

Harmison to Vaas, FOUR, wide and spanked back past Harmison and there's no chance for Panesar who gives a half-hearted chase

That's Vaas's 12th Test fifty off 92 balls.

129.4

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide again and this time Vaas opts to leave it

129.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, back and pushed into the covers

129.6

Harmison to Vaas, 2 runs, pulled through midwicket

End of over 130 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 390/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 52 (95b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 149 (351b 15x4)
    • SJ Harmison 30-4-78-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 30-8-75-1
130.1

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slanted across the right hander, no shot needed or probably possible

130.2

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, driven into the covers

130.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turned slightly square as he walks into the shot, Panesar fields in the covers and with no chance of a run he hurls the ball wide and high to prior who has to leap high to prevent four overthrows

130.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, poked to Cook in the covers and he overruns the ball

130.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, stands on his toes and works to third man, well controlled and quite deliberate

That's his ninth score of 150 or more in Tests.

130.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, forward and solidly defended to mid-off

End of over 131 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 394/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 153 (357b 16x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 52 (95b 6x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 31-8-79-1
    • SJ Harmison 30-4-78-3
131.1

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, dropped no more than two or three yards into the off side and quick calling allows a single, Harmison in his follow through can't prevent it

131.2

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bounce and some movement, Jayawardene plays off the back foot and misses

131.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed defensively into the covers, the slip cordon throw their hands in the air but not sure why

131.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back and across, watchfully defended from off-stump line

131.5

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angled from wider in the crease, Jayawardene thudded on the pads as the ball heads down the leg side

131.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, some movement into Jayawardene who leaves

End of over 132 (1 run) Sri Lanka 395/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 153 (362b 16x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 53 (96b 6x4)
    • SJ Harmison 31-4-79-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 31-8-79-1
132.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, wide outside off

132.2

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, seam movement away from Vaas who deliberately plays well inside the line

132.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, sweetly flicked off leg stump through midwicket, Hoggard chases and overtakes the ball well inside the rope

132.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, super ball that swings away from Vaas and leaves him poking at air

132.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, another deft flick off his legs, Hoggard once more has to give chase

132.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, FOUR, too full and a classic drive through extra cover, everything correct as he caressed the ball past Panesar

End of over 133 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 403/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 61 (102b 7x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 153 (362b 16x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 32-8-87-1
    • SJ Harmison 31-4-79-3
133.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back and prodded into the gully

133.2

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back, it keeps slightly low, Jayawardene pushed to midwicket

133.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, Jayawardene shoulders arms

133.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped off his hips to deep backward square leg

133.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, down the leg side, no shot

133.6

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, defensive push between cover and extra cover, Panesar scurries after it

Ravi Bopara has a bad cut to the fourth finger of his left hand, sustained during fielding practice yesterday. He is not expected to field, but will bat as normal.

End of over 134 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 405/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 62 (104b 7x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 154 (366b 16x4)
    • SJ Harmison 32-4-81-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 32-8-87-1
134.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, outside off, slashed but not timed to extra cover, the ball bobbles to Panesar

134.2

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, wider and a wild swish and a miss from Vaas

134.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, pushed to the left of gully, slight hesitation and Vaas has to dash to beat Pietersen's throw at the non-striker's end

134.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dropped ... wide, he chases it with a defensive poke, gets and edge and Prior spills another one. It was low to his right but he got both hands to it

Another one to his right goes down ...Prior, after two good matches, is having a shocker.

134.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, salt in the wound as Jayawardene drives through extra cover

134.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed into the leg side

Sidebottom snatches his hat and strorms towards the boundary, several fielders trot some way to pat him on the back and give him some solace. Prior started as if he was going to join in and thought better of it.

End of over 135 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 409/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 157 (369b 16x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 63 (107b 7x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 33-8-91-1
    • SJ Harmison 32-4-81-3
135.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, helped on its way to fine leg, Sidebottom makes good ground and neatly fields

135.2

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, driven on the up, in the air but quite safe, it rasps through the covers for four

135.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, steered to Pietersen in the gully

135.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too short and Jayawardene has time to pull square to the man in the deep for an easy single

Harmison round the wicket to Vaas.

135.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, short, Vaas stands tall and pushes to wide mid-off

135.6

Harmison to Vaas, (no ball) 1 run, short and Vaas pulls to Anderson on the square boundary

Anderson on for the injured Bopara who cuts his hands during practice this morning.

135.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, paddled over the slips to third man, well executed

End of over 136 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 419/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 165 (374b 17x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 64 (109b 7x4)
    • SJ Harmison 33-4-91-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 33-8-91-1

Andrew 'Stato' Miller reports: "Prior's drop was his fifth off Sidebottom alone since the start of the India series. And all of them have involved diving to his right Jaffer, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dilshan, Jayawardene."

136.1

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, down the leg side, Jayawardene moves inside the line and Prior makes a tumbling stop

136.2

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tidy line, solidly defended

136.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wider, Jayawardene shapes to drive but completely mistimes the shot and admonishes himself even before the one-handed follow-through is finished

136.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flicked defensively to Panesar at midwicket

136.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, driven through extra cover, this time he does time it, and some, crisply hit with an open face and no chance of anyone cutting it off

136.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, patted to Anderson at extra cover, he's in quickly and Vaas sends his captain back

End of over 137 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 423/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 169 (380b 18x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 64 (109b 7x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 34-8-95-1
    • SJ Harmison 33-4-91-3

Matthew Hoggard comes on for his first bowl of the day. The brains trust meets to set the field.

137.1

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, leg-stump line, helped behind square for an ambled single

137.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shorter and pushed into the off side

137.3

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene gives Hoggard the charge and thumps him over extra cover, a shot of a man seeing it like a football and who has the security of a large score behind him

137.4

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back, looks to flick into the on side but misses and it thuds into his pads

137.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, forward and defended, he spotted a slightly slower one

Jenny pipes up from Adelaide. "They were forecasting a "100 per cent chance" of rain at Galle today. That's not yet materialised. Meanwhile, India are three down early in the tour match in Victoria, with Jaffer, Laxman and Tendulkar back in the hutch."

137.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, edged but well short of the slips, soft hands and soft pace

End of over 138 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 428/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 173 (385b 19x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 65 (110b 7x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 28-4-102-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 34-8-95-1

On comes the so-far disappointing Monty Panesar

138.1

Panesar to Vaas, no run, hammered to Anderson at extra cover

138.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, spins down the leg side

138.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, tossed up, driven back to Panesar

138.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, pushed forward, the ball spins agonisingly short of Cook at forward short leg, he flung himself but it fell just short of his lunge

138.5

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, flighted, Vaas slog-sweeps through and past midwicket, a risk but a well executed one

138.6

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, same shot but hit in front of square and Pietersen in the right place to keep it down to one

End of over 139 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 433/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 70 (116b 8x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 173 (385b 19x4)
    • MS Panesar 25-3-63-0
    • MJ Hoggard 28-4-102-0
139.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, driven off the front foot, a slower one

139.2

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, in the slot, arrogantly thumped back over Hoggard's head, Vaas doesn't move as he knows it's four all the way

The 150 stand comes up. And Prior needs to stand up to Hoggard at this pace.

139.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, good response, neat line and length and defended

139.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short, Vaas looks to cut but it climbs too much and Prior takes as it continues rising

139.5

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, pulled uppishly over midwicket, one bounce to Anderson who races in from the boundary edge

139.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, outside edge, controlled to Sidebottom at third man

And it's time for drinks.

End of over 140 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 439/6

    • DPMD Jayawardene 174 (386b 19x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 75 (121b 9x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 29-4-108-0
    • MS Panesar 25-3-63-0
140.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, square cuts, Harmison chases and hurls himself to save the single

He gets up gingerly rubbing his shoulder.

140.2

Panesar to Vaas, 2 runs, he steps back and cuts late through the slips, Collingwood chases it down

140.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, wide and he reaches, it spins into him and takes a thick edge

140.4

Panesar to Vaas, 3 runs, short, he stands tall, steps back and hammers it through extra cover, Sidebottom chases hard and stops it a foot inside the boundary

140.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, played with the spin and with an open face, an easy single into space behind square on the off

140.6

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, rank long hop, no polite way of disguising that, Vaas waits and larrups that through extra cover and Sidebottom doesn't even start to chase, waiting for one of the small boys to throw the ball back

A dreadful over from Panesar, no two ways about it.

End of over 141 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 452/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 84 (125b 10x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 178 (388b 19x4)
    • MS Panesar 26-3-76-0
    • MJ Hoggard 29-4-108-0
141.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide and booming swing takes it wider, Jayawardene reaches and drives a half-volley square straight at point

141.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, pushed to mid-on for a quick but easy single to Harmison

141.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, pushed to Vaughan at midwicket

141.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short, he attempts a pull but misses and it takes his shoulder and loops short of Prior

A cry of anguish from Hoggard ... or perhaps exasperation.

141.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, turned off the back foot to Vaughan at midwicket

141.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, banged in and Vaas opts to duck rather than try another pull

End of over 142 (1 run) Sri Lanka 453/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 84 (129b 10x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 179 (390b 19x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 30-4-109-0
    • MS Panesar 26-3-76-0

How will Panesar respond to the mauling he got in the last over? We'll have to wait as the physio is on to apply the ice bag to Vaas's shoulder where Hoggard hit him. Ah, we won't know. Vaughan has sent Monty packing and has summoned Collingwood.

142.1

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flicked to Vaughan at midwicket

142.2

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, "take that" booms Gnasher as Jayawardene thumps the ball back over Collingwood's head for a two-bounce four. That was real class and disdain

142.3

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a loud shout as it hits him on the pads as he shapes to play to leg and misses. Rauf thinks hard but is not really interested

142.4

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, paddle-sweep off a length on middle stump, a one-day shot but perfectly executed and you can't set a field for that

142.5

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped to Panesar at deep square leg

142.6

Collingwood to Vaas, 2 runs, stands tall and thumps the ball through the covers, Panesar hurtles to his left to cut it off out in the wilderness

End of over 143 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 464/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 86 (130b 10x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 188 (395b 21x4)
    • PD Collingwood 7-1-28-0
    • MJ Hoggard 30-4-109-0
143.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, checked drive, Hoggard half stops bending to his right

143.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, turned from off stump through midwicket, Cook way out in the deep fields

143.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended with a dead bat into the covers

143.4

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, short but he's not got the pace, Vaas hooks with a real flourish to long leg and Sidebottom makes no more than a half-hearted attempt to cut it off ... and who can blame him

143.5

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 wide, again banged in but even shorter and Vaas ducks ... he needn't have, and umpire Harper decides it's too high

143.5

Hoggard to Vaas, OUT, a third short one, Vaas tries to swing the ball over midwicket but gets a top edge ... it goes a long way up, Vaughan at midwicket moves two or three yards forward ... a moment of drama as he fumbles the catch but he snatches it with a grin at the second attempt

WPUJC Vaas c Vaughan b Hoggard 90 (197m 133b 11x4 0x6) SR: 67.66

Vaas leaves the ground to warm applause.

143.6

Hoggard to Malinga, 1 run, fuller, clipped off his toes behind square on the leg side, Swann fields

End of over 144 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 471/7

    • SL Malinga 1 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 189 (397b 21x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 31-4-116-1
    • PD Collingwood 7-1-28-0
144.1

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, clipped to Swann at short midwicket

144.2

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, gentle and not a sniff of movement two feet outside off stump, it bounces twice before reaching Prior who is standing back when he should be up to the stumps

144.3

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, again he takes it on the second bounce

Prior should not be back to someone of this pace, he needs to be up to the stumps and putting pressure on the batsmen

144.4

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, Malinga waits for the ball to reach him, standing with the bat in place before it gets two-thirds of the way down the pitch

144.5

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, defended off the back foot

No crash-bang-wallop from Malinga so far.

144.6

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, shorter with a bit more oomph, Malinga sways out of the line and for once Prior takes on the full

End of over 145 (maiden) Sri Lanka 471/7

    • SL Malinga 1 (7b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 189 (397b 21x4)
    • PD Collingwood 8-2-28-0
    • MJ Hoggard 31-4-116-1
145.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, driven to mid-on ... Harmison is deep enough to allow on easy single

145.2

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, out of the back of the hand, starts wide and carries on towards first slip

145.3

Hoggard to Malinga, FOUR, half volley, thumped over mid-on, landing a yard inside the rope

145.4

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, pushed to extra cover

145.5

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, short, he shapes to pull, misses, and it kerrangs into his helmet

145.6

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, short, Malinga rather tentatively pokes to gully, the ball hitting bat rather than the other way round

End of over 146 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 476/7

    • SL Malinga 5 (12b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 190 (398b 21x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 32-4-121-1
    • PD Collingwood 8-2-28-0

Prior is standing up at last.

146.1

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on off stump, defended

146.2

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed to cover, very gently played

146.3

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, premeditated sweep off middle-and-leg

146.4

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, outside off, cut behind square

146.5

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, very slow one, nurdled into the on side

146.6

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, gentle swing into the right hander, defended with no alarms

End of over 147 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 481/7

    • SL Malinga 5 (13b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 195 (403b 21x4)
    • PD Collingwood 9-2-33-0
    • MJ Hoggard 32-4-121-1

Sri Lanka's 12th man trots out to offer Malinga a change of helmet after he was twatted in Hoggard's last over. Steve Harmison back into the attack and that allows some more time wasting from England as the field has to be scrutinised.

147.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short and a very loose loosener, Jayawardene reaches for it and smacks that over the covers

147.2

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, he leaves it and the ball scoots through to Prior who can't gather it and Bell at slip mops up

The crowd have come to life as the double hundred looms ...

147.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, what a way to reach his double hundred, outside off and slammed over extra cover for four ... he takes off his helmet and raises his arms as Malinga trots down the pitch to give him a hug

A double century off 406 balls, his fourth double in Tests. In the previous Test at this ground, before the devastating tsunami, Jayawardene made 237 against South Africa in 2004 so there is a sweet symmetry.

147.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, now he's going for it ... wide and cut savagely past point

147.5

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short, pulled but not timed and deep backward square leg shuffles round a few yards to field

147.6

Harmison to Malinga, no run, short, down the leg and Malinga ducks

End of over 148 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 494/7

    • SL Malinga 5 (14b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 208 (408b 24x4)
    • SJ Harmison 34-4-104-3
    • PD Collingwood 9-2-33-0
148.1

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, no timing as he tries to flick to leg

148.2

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, a thick edge down to third man, Harmison bends to make a one-handed stop and he misses it completely as it kicks off the outfield

148.3

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven through the covers

This is runs wherever they want them.

148.4

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, a shot that would do Murali proud ... he steps to leg and aims an ugly heave to leg and misses

148.5

Collingwood to Malinga, OUT, an ugly swipe, he misses and Collingwood hits with one that drifts into his middle and leg stumps

SL Malinga b Collingwood 5 (26m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

"That's the declaration," predicts Gnasher a few seconds before Jayawardene turns and heads for the pavilion. An outstandingly controlled innings from him (Jayawardene, not Gnasher) and the consensus seems to be that this remains a good pitch to bowl on for both pace and slow bowlers ... you suspect that England will do well to draw this from here. Winning it is no longer an option.

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